Looking for something festive to do with the family this month? There are plenty of New Jersey festivals to keep you busy, including holiday light shows, shopping bazaars (which are perfect for picking up those last-minute gifts!) and historical celebrations. As if your holiday schedule wasn’t packed enough, we’ve put together a list of ten awesome festivals taking place in the Garden State this December you won’t want to miss!

Christmas Festival at the Morristown Green

Where: The Morristown Green, North Park Place, Morristown
december fairsWhen: November 26 to December 22, hours vary
Price: Free admission
Details: Morristown’s annual holiday celebration began with Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Green on November 26th. Activities vary from weekend to weekend, so be sure to check the website for each day’s agenda. Featured events include photos with Santa Claus, miniature train rides, ice sculpting demonstrations and gingerbread house making.
More info: Visit morristown-nj.org or call 973-455-1133.

Festival of Lights

december fairsWhere: Cohanzick Zoo, 45 Mayor Aitken Drive, Bridgeton
When: November 30, December 1 & 2 from 5:00 pm until 8:30 pm
Price: $3 admission
Details: The Bridgeton Department of Recreation’s annual Festival of Lights is a community favorite. Enjoy gorgeously lit holiday decorations, food vendors, crafts, music and train rides. Stroll through the zoo and stop by for a visit with Old Saint Nick.
More info: Visit www.cityofbridgeton.com or call 856-453-1675.

Hometown Holiday

Where: Main Street, Hackettstown
december fairsWhen: December 1 from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Kick off the holiday season with the 12th annual Hometown Holiday in downtown Hackettstown. Take a horse-drawn carriage ride through town and enjoy live music plus a performance of Newsies: The Musical at 8:00 pm. Grab a treat at the dining tent and stop by the Holiday Shopping Bazaar for the perfect gift. Plus, don’t miss the Santa Parade, Tree Lighting and Santa Selfie Station!
More info: Visit hackettstownbid.com or call 908-850-5004.


Where: Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, 120 West Main Street, Tuckerton
december fairsWhen: December 1 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm, December 2 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm and December 3 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: $5 admission
Details: Decorate gingerbread houses, delight in the Festival of Trees or take a holiday horse wagon ride during Tuckerton Seaport’s Christkindlmarkt. This annual event features a holiday market, a craft fair, food vendors, children’s rides and live entertainment on the grounds of the historic seaport.
More info: Visit www.tuckertonseaport.org or call 609-296-8868.

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Dickens of a Holiday Festival

Where: Memorial Park, Mays Landing
When: December 2 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: This yearly festival returns to Mays Landing with kids’ crafts, storytime, a snowball toss, multiple vendors and free Polar Express rides.
More info: Visit www.mayslandingmerchants.com.

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Winter in the Pines

Where: Historic Batsto Village, 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton
When: December 3 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Price: Free admission, fees for certain activities
Details: Stroll through Historic Batsto Village for its annual holiday gathering. Check out New Jersey Troubadour Valerie Vaughn performing a musical celebration of the season at 1:00 pm, or experience a carriage ride through the village. Alternatively, you can tour the Batsto Mansion in all its holiday splendor and listen to the Aurora Choir of St. Nicholas Church as they regale visitors with seasonal tunes.
More info: Visit www.batstovillage.org or call 609-561-0024.

Wildwood’s Family Holiday Celebration

december fairsWhere: North Wildwood Recreation Center, 900 Central Avenue, North Wildwood
When: December 1 from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm; December 9 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: The 10th annual Wildwood Family Holiday Celebration starts with a parade on Friday night, followed by awards and a tree lighting ceremony. The good times continue the following weekend at the Holiday Bazaar, an event filled with face painters, holiday shopping, crafts for children, a stocking-making table, holiday movies and a second tree lighting at 4:30 pm!
More info: Visit wildwoodholiday.com or call 609-729-9000.

Victorian Holiday Festival

december fairsWhere: Ocean Grove Area Chamber of Commerce, 45 Pilgrim Pathway, Ocean Grove
When: December 9 & 10, hours vary
Price: Free admission, $30 for tour tickets
Details: Visit historic Ocean Grove for their annual holiday festival. Attendees can tour area homes and tents, witness the live nativity pageant, watch the Christmas tree lighting and enjoy Christmas carols in the park.
More info: Visit www.oceangrovenj.com or call 732-774-1391.

Seaside Heights Santacon

Where: All throughout Seaside Heights
december fairsWhen: December 9 at Noon
Price: Donation suggested in order for participation
Details: Throw on that Santa suit and get ready to spread holiday cheer throughout Seaside Heights during Santacon. This year, all net proceeds will benefit Chive Charities. Participants are asked to bring one unwrapped toy and two non-perishable food items for donation to participate. Those who donate $25 will receive a commemorative patch and beer mug.
More info: Visit www.santaconshnj.com.

Christmas in Roebling

Where: Roebling Museum, 100 Second Avenue, Roebling
december fairsWhen: December 9 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Price: Free admission
Details: Visit with Santa, taste cider and donuts, plus enjoy music, crafts, toy-making and holiday fun galore at the Roebling Museum. Guided Village Walking Tours are offered at Noon, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm, available for $5. Hay rides also run every thirty minutes. There is no admission fee to attend, but donations are accepted.
More info: Visit roeblingmuseum.org or call 609-499-7200.

Looking for year-round listings of more great activities? Check out our roundup of New Jersey’s Best Fairs & Festivals.

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